The Pyramid Complex and the Hopi: Creation Myth Sheds Light on Building Plan

The Pyramid Complex and the Hopi: Creation Myth Sheds Light on Building Plan


The Egyptians did not build the pyramids.  No one living in the area can tell you; who built them, why they were built, when they were built, how they were built or why the pyramids at the complex were arranged in the particular order that they are arranged in.

I imagine long ago, the first person to use his small copper chisel and wooden mallet to dislodge the glue (a glue as strong as a spiders web) securing the casing stones and slide the first stone down the side of the pyramid, was greeted with cheers from his friends waiting at the bottom of the pyramid. They then may have used logs, camels, and perhaps the Nile to transport the stone to Cairo to build their city.

Artist’s depiction of the Great Pyramid of Egypt with casing stones intact.

Artist’s depiction of the Great Pyramid of Egypt with casing stones intact. (Source: Wiki.en.Grepolis.com)

If money changed hands, a booming business probably emerged, and it might have taken them 20 years or so to remove all the casing stones and strip the pyramid of anything of value that they could carry off.  They probably camped in one of the old ruins nearby and brought their families there to live.

Spider-woman and Her Helpers

The Hopi Creation Story tells me who built the pyramids— Spider-woman with her helpers the Ant People (the Hopi refer to the pyramids as large ant hills in their story).  She is said to have done this because the Creator instructed her to put his plan down on Earth for all to see.  Like any good business man, the Creator had a reason and a plan.  

Grandmother Spider or Spider Woman of Native American lore.

Grandmother Spider or Spider Woman of Native American lore. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The reason the Creator needed pyramids in Egypt, Mexico, and China, was the Earth had a problem.  It was believed it was out of balance when he first found it wobbling in space.  After Spider-woman built the pyramids, two twin ice caps formed on each pole and their weight stabilized the planet. Today the twins are melting. 

By Hopi count this is the fourth time the Creator has come back to correct this re-occurring problem. This might also be the reason why the pyramids have been built at different periods of time (after the first people were destroyed by fire, the second people destroyed by ice, and the third people destroyed by water, the great flood) and locations and why the murals around the pyramid complex have evolved from stick figures to beautiful colored decorations and carvings, just as we have evolved. 

A mural depicting Tawa, the Sun Spirit and Creator in Hopi mythology.

A mural depicting Tawa, the Sun Spirit and Creator in Hopi mythology. (Public Domain)

So what was the plan?  

The Plan at the Pyramid Complex

The Creator told Spider-women and his Nephew, that they were to remain here on Earth and start civilization.  The Creator wanted one for himself, one for his Nephew, and he would come back and fix the problem seven times, hoping that we would “wake up” and take care of our Earth and its problems ourselves in the future.

Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills

Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills

The largest pyramid, on the left, was for the Creator, the center pyramid was for the Nephew. The pyramid that represents our location in the plan today is positioned on the equinox—the perfect balance where the day is divided into two equal parts, half dark and half light, this pyramid is smaller than the two large pyramids. 

The three small satellite pyramids in front of the Creator’s pyramid could represent the next three worlds he has to create. The three small satellite pyramids behind the pyramid that represent our present location in the plan, could stand for the three past worlds destroyed by the fire, the ice and the water.

(Learn more about the calculations and connections between at the creation beliefs of the Hopi and the sites of the Egytpian Pyramid Plateau in The Valley of the Kings and the Hopi: Constellations Send Ancient Messages).

When the Hopi yearly Ceremonial Cycle is added to the complex, you see that we are in between the fourth and fifth cycle and about to cross over from this world to the next.

Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills

Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills

If this belief is correct, there should be evidence that the small satellite pyramids have been moved in the distant past in the first, second, and third sections.   

The Hopi Creation Story does not tell us how the pyramids were built but it covers the who, (Spider-woman and the Ant People), the why, (to help stablize the planet when it was out of balance), and the when, (in the beginning and after the Earth was destroyed by fire, ice, and a great flood), very well in my mind.

Thomas O. Mills is author of The Book Of Truth - A New Perspective on the Hopi Creation StoryMills uses his knowledge of the Hopi Ceremonial Cycles to connect ancient sites around the world. 

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Top Image: Deriv; Pyramids of the Giza Plateau (CC BY-SA 2.0), and the Native American Spider-woman (CC BY-SA 3.0), and the Creator in Hopi mythology. (Public Domain)

By Thomas O. Mills

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Thomas O. Mills's picture

Morning,  The grahic’s were added by the editors at Ancient Origins.   I think Spider-Women was very attractive and in my next article, that tries to explain some of the murals of Egypt, you will see her.   If the Hopi are correct, money won’t matter in the near future.   thanks   tom

Thomas O. Mills

An interesting and enjoyable read, if a tad fanciful. But what mythology is not fanciful? Of course we know how the Egyptian pyramids were built, and even have a strong handle on why. As a matter of fact, there are still failed attempts at constructing pyramids from earlier in Egypt's history than the ambitious multigenerational Giza projects. And the pyramids in Central and South America are constructed very differently (which this myth slyly explains, I noticed) but less well preserved due to slight differences in climate between deserts and tropical rainforests... (Otherwise we no doubt would have found earlier failed attempts there as well.)
The pyramids are fascinating, but a lot of their mystery originates in unconcious racism, the earnest assumption that mere primitives from continents other than Eastern Europe could not possibly have the intelligence or resources for large construction projects. A little archaeology and a little history go a long way to taking the romance out of ancient alien visitors and similar silliness.
But myths were meant to entertain as much as educate, and they should still be enjoyed. I know that the sky is not a dome formed from the skull of Ymir, but that does not stop me from thrilling to the adventures of Just Tyr and Noble Thor and Sly Odinn and Mischievous Loki and Risque Freyja - and knowing how the pyramids were constructed should not stop anyone from enjoying this retelling of the Hopi creation myth. Lighten up a little!
Kudos, Mr Mills!

Thomas O. Mills's picture

Good Morning Mr. Murphy and thank you for your comment.  I appreciate you taking the time to read the article and I hope it encouraged you to take a look at Hopi history and maybe someday visit their villages.   All the best.   tom 

Thomas O. Mills

Thomas O. Mills, some posters here have cast doubt over the Hopi knowing anything about ancient Egypt. But would I be right in saying that Hopi territory borders the Grand canyon, in which it's said that Egyptian artefacts have been found in caves and structures believed to be ancient pyramids? I seem to remember reading about this somewhere, and if true would surely erase doubt of the Hopi being ignorant of things Egyptian? I really enjoyed the piece by the way, thank you.

Thomas O. Mills's picture

Hello John and thank you for your comment.  You are correct that the Hopi territory is very close to the Grand Canyon.   Many Hopi clans believe that they emerged into this the 4th world at the Canyon.   The Supai (Navel) village is located at the bottom of the Canyon and a great place to visit if you like to hike.    I think the Egyptian cave you mentioned was discovered by a man named Kincaid who work for the Smithsonian and was exploring the canyon back in 1909.  When he got to Phoenix he wrote an article for the Phoenix Gazette.  The cave nor the artifacts have ever been found.   If they exist, I think they would be located upstream from the junction of the little Colorado and the Colorado.  Many of the ancient villages surrounding the Hopi villages, and the Hopi villages form the outline of Orion.   1st Mesa, 2nd Mesa, and 3rd Mesa form his mid-section, Walnut Canyon his head, Wupaki the star Bellatrix, Homol’ovl near Winslow the star Betelgeuse.  So Orion’s spear would be pointing at the village of Supai.   If all the man stars are represented on the ground by ancient villages, than the star in his shield over the canyon should be the location of the cave you mentioned.  You might take a look at Gary David’s book “The Orion Zone”.    

Many of the other clan believe they crossed over a large ocean on rafts always heading East and then they traveled North to their present location.  

Good things in your future.   tom 

Thomas O. Mills

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